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How to Choose the Purrfect Cat for a First-Time Owner


As an experienced cat owner, I often get asked by first-timers how to go about picking the right cat for their home. Choosing a feline companion is exciting, but there are some important factors to consider so you and kitty live happily ever after. Here’s my guide to choosing the purrfect cat for a novice owner:

Personality Match

Cats have different personalities, so think about what traits you’d like in your new furball:

  • Playful and energetic
  • Affectionate lap cat
  • Mellow and laidback

Visit shelters and spend time petting and playing with cats to get a sense of their temperaments. An outgoing cat may be easier for a new owner.


  • Kitten: Playful and bonding but require more time and training
  • Young cat: More independent but still energetic
  • Older cat: Calmer and lower maintenance

Kittens are tons of fun but can be rambunctious. An adult cat may be better for a new cat parent.


While cats have unique personalities, some breeds tend to share common traits:

  • Siamese: Vocal, energetic, bonding
  • Persian: Sweet, laidback, enjoy being pet
  • Maine Coon: Intelligent, playful, dog-like personalities

Do research to see what breeds may work for your lifestyle.

Space and Setup

Make sure your home has everything a cat needs:

  • Vertical space to climb
  • Scratching posts
  • Litter box in quiet area
  • Cat-proofed nooks and hiding spots

Provide toys to keep them stimulated and engaged.

Time Commitment

Cats require:

  • Daily playtime and affection
  • Regular feeding, litter cleaning
  • Grooming like nail trims
  • Annual vet visits

Be realistic about the time you can commit to proper cat care before adopting.

With research and preparation, you’re sure to find the perfect furry match! Let a shelter advisor know you’re a novice – they can help match you with an ideal cats for a first-time owner. Patience and love go a long way in building a bond with your new feline friend.

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